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Careers

Why not take the next step of your career at Wood Green? You could be making a difference to the lives of pets and their owners every day.

If you’d like to become one of our people, take a look at our current vacancies.

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Senior Leadership

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Clive Byles

Chief Executive

Clive started with Wood Green in the summer of 2005. He joined the Charity having previously worked in local government, retail and insurance sectors.   His career started though after having obtained a degree in music and consequently deciding that he should best exploit his musical talents by joining the Prison Service, in the central HR Department; it proved to be an interesting mix.

Clive initially joined the Charity as HR Director and progressed into a number of different roles. In January 2014 he was appointed CEO.  His previous professional bias of people and community means that he is naturally suited to wanting to make an impact on the lives of people.  He believes that Wood Green can improve the wellbeing of pets and people, because both are intrinsically linked.

Clive has an elderly cat, a Wood Green cat that he rehomed when he first started.

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Linda Cantle

Director of Pet Services

Linda is an animal welfare specialist.  She is fuelled by compassion, curiosity and a desire to empower people to improve the lives of pets and to help make the benefits of pets accessible to as many people as possible.

With a degree in Animal Behaviour and having completed the Courses on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and the Law (CAWSEL) with the University of Cambridge, Linda has built a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Animal Welfare Sector.

Working at Wood Green for over 15 years, she has enjoyed roles in Rehoming, Policy Development, Education and Community Fundraising. A particular highlight being having a key role in the development and introduction of the Charity’s Education programme in 2008.

Linda represents the Charity at a number of sector groups including the Canine and Feline Sector Group and the Pet Advertising Advisory Group – she is passionate about sharing the knowledge and experience of the Wood Green team in order to promote responsible pet ownership and the benefits that pets can bring to our lives.

Throughout her time at the charity, Linda has fostered many amazing pets – including puppies, elderly dogs, cats and kittens, as well as playing the role of Moggy Midwife many times, each foster pet helping her to learn more. She couldn’t bear to part with two particularly special hand reared tabby kittens, Peter and Reggie, who have shared her heart and home for the past 12 years.

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Vanessa Cunningham

Director of Pet Services

A qualified veterinary nurse, Vanessa joined Wood Green in 2000. In her current role she has overall responsibility for veterinary care within the charity. Vanessa works alongside senior colleagues on a day to day basis to ensure high standards of animal care at our three sites.

Her family includes miniature labradoodle Tilly, who was adopted from Wood Green. Vanessa was heavily involved in the design and build of the new surgery at Godmanchester, opened in 2012. She’s immensely proud of the facility which gives the highest standard of veterinary treatment for animals in our care.

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Ian Briggs

Director of Corporate Services

Ian is the Director of Corporate Services at Wood Green and has been in post since September 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional in the charity and public sector having worked for national and international organisations. Qualifying as an accountant in 1993 he went on to gain a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Manchester in 2000. Whilst Ian has continued to lead finance functions in most of his roles, he has also gained experience in leading other functions, such as IT, Facilities Management, Risk and Insurance, Procurement, Internal Audit, and HR.

Passionate about charities and their impact on society, this is his first role in an animal charity and he is using his experience to drive forward the corporate services at Wood Green. Ian is a pet lover, owning a cat called Freddie and a dog called Lily. In his spare time he follows Leicester City Football Club and enjoys cycling as well as travelling to exotic locations whenever possible.

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Justin Morris

Director of Marketing & Digital Engagement

Justin has approximately fifteen years’ experience of delivering digital projects and integrated marketing and communications strategies for a diverse range of organisations. This wealth of experience has given him a great understanding of working with a wide range of media and communication channels, working with key internal and external stakeholders to improve the experience of the brand whilst still ensuring charitable and marketing objectives are met showing clear returns on any investment made, be it financially or through increasing the impact the charity makes.

Throughout a career in the not-for- profit sector (including Barnardo’s, The Girls’ Day School Trust, The Novas Scarman Group, The Roundhouse and the London Borough of Camden) Justin has successfully managed numerous successful organisation wide projects and developed and implemented many successful marketing strategies and plans.

Growing up in Cornwall with a father who owns livestock, Justin has always been around animals and he has continued this into his adult life with a houseful of beautiful pets. Justin has rehomed two cats from Wood Green (Mimi and Maurice), two fish who are known affectionately as the Benjamin’s and a hamster named Bee.

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Mandy Jones

Director of People

Mandy brings experience of major change delivery in large-scale international businesses and various third sector organisations. Having undertaken leadership roles spanning South America, the Caribbean, Russia and South Asia, a theme of change-management runs through her career. This depth of experience includes supporting core strategic delivery with a wide range of HR initiatives ranging from individual executive development to complete culture change programmes.  

One of her most formative experiences was gained working as a Dishwasher when a student. After concluding her Degree and Post-Graduate qualification Mandy went on in 2005 to receive Fellowship status with her professional body.  In 2018 she received a CIPD Award for 20+ years contribution to her profession. Top of Mandy’s interests are people of all diversities and fostering Wood Green pets.    

Our trustees


Steve CardenChairman of Trustees

Steve was elected Chairman of the Council of Trustees in 2018. Steve’s background is as a partner in a leading management and technology consultancy and is excited at the transformation Wood Green is going through and the opportunity to deliver even more impact.

Janet SouthVice Chairman

Janet was elected Vice Chairman of the Council of Trustees in 2006. She is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and a director of our trading arm. She’s currently a freelance consultant on charity governance and an elected Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising.

Colin AlderChairman of Trading Company

Colin has a business background in sales, marketing and general management with Unilever. He joined the Council of Trustees in 2002 and has been Chairman of the our trading company Wood Green Enterprises Limited, since 2003.

John CousinsTreasurer

John retired from a long career in banking in 1998. He joined the Council of Trustees as Treasurer in 2002. John is involved with other charitable organisations having been Treasurer of Cambridge ACRE and Chairman of the Cambridge Preservation Society.

Pam Gee

Angela Au

Duncan Canney

Jo Day

Jonathon Younger

Jo Lawton